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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: News From The Barnum Festival
Last Friday at 10:06 PM

"Connecticut Today" wrapped up September chatting with new Barnum Festival Ringmaster George Estrada (0:30). On the political side, host Paul Pacelli talked about a prominent state lawmaker's push for a future African-American candidate for governor or lieutenant governor (8:59). GOP Lieutenant Gov. candidate Laura Devlin called in to chat from the campaign trail (19:28).

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Lisa Wexler/Norm Pattis Show: The Transporter + The Libertarian
Last Friday at 8:46 PM

Joe Aguiar talked transportation and politics today. First, Joe spoke to columnist Jim Cameron about his latest article and all things transportation (0:00). Also he spoke to Dr. Aaron Lewis, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor, to talk about his campaign and what we need to know about him (19:35).

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Melissa in the Morning: D.A.R.E. Update
Last Friday at 1:53 PM

TFC James White shares the latest with D.A.R.E. program in schools following covid and the increase in drug abuse. 

Ahead of the holidays, Stratford fire chief Jermaine Atkinson shared fire safety tips and how the town was a leader in helping people hard of hearing. 

Yom Kippur is next week and we learn all about it from Rabbi Shlame Landa. 

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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: Please Pump The Brakes On "The New Mussolini" Line
Last Thursday at 10:08 PM

Thursday's "Connecticut Today" with host Paul Pacelli welcomed University of New Haven Tuscany Campus Dean Dr. Kevin Murphy to chat about controversial new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (0:23). Paul also had a few thoughts on the shenanigans at the State Capitol in Hartford (10:36).

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Lisa Wexler/Norm Pattis Show: Lumaj and Oretade
Last Thursday at 6:33 PM

Joe Aguiar took to the mic today to talk with perennial GOP candidate Peter Lumaj about the Republican Party and some of the consistent mistakes they make when talking with candidates (0:00). Joe also spoke with Green Party Candidate Michael Oretade about his campaign and what he hopes to accomplish in his race (17:45).

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Melissa in the Morning: Flu Season
Last Thursday at 1:46 PM

We knew flu season would come back full force, but is it as bad as it used to be? Dr. Browne says there may be some forgetfulness in remembering what the flu is. Also, we talk about this year's flu shot and testing for flu. 

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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: A Major Storm
Last Wednesday at 10:09 PM

Wednesday's "Connecticut Today" with host Paul Pacelli featured coverage of Hurrican Ian hitting Florida (0:38) with WICC Chief Meteorologist Bill Jacquemin discussing the storm's technical details (10:32). Former Texas GOP Sen. Phil Gramm talked about his new book, "The Myth of American Inequality: How Government Biases Policy Debate" (18:01). Fiona Cullinan Firine from the group "For Cameron" talked about an annual fundraiser to raise awareness about fentanyl deaths and addiction (27:33).

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Lisa Wexler/Norm Pattis Show: Independents (Party) Day
Last Wednesday at 6:54 PM

Joe Aguiar rolled out the red carpet today for the Independent Party. From Brooke Cheney talking about gun safety (0:00) to Dr. Chip Beckett, who's running for Lieutenant Governor on the Independent line (11:35) to Independent candidate for Congress Michelle Bothelo (22:43) and Dan Newmyer, a political strategist who used to represent the Republican Party, but now does work with the Independent Party (1:05:48).

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Melissa in the Morning: Police Hiring Process
Last Wednesday at 1:55 PM

Bridgeport is one step closer to finding the next top cop. Mayor Joe Ganim shared the timeline of what happens next with the three final candidates and how you can weigh in on the next chief. ((00:10))

Connecticut is looking to go more electric. We spoke with CT Electric Car and took basic listener questions on electric vehicles. ((18:17))

Sound on Sound got mixed reviews from visitors. We spoke the president of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council to weigh in on both sides of the festivals. ((31:50))

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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: Connecticut Women Rule The Election Roost
Last Tuesday at 10:05 PM

Tuesday's "Connecticut Today" with host Paul Pacelli featured a lively discussion about the widening "gender gap" in Connecticut politics, in particular when it comes to statewide elections (0:30). Cato Institute author Marian Tupy joined is to chat about his new book, "Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet" (19:08).

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Lisa Wexler/Norm Pattis Shows: The Road To November
Last Tuesday at 7:23 PM

With the elections coming up, Joe Aguiar has been tasked with filling for both Lisa Wexler and Norm Pattis, to keep you updated on what's going on around the state on the road to November's mid term election. First, Mike Telesca, Chairman of the Independent Party of Connecticut called in to talk about the lawsuit that's been filed Bob Stefanowski as well as what's going on with the Independent Party (0:00). Next, Dr. Amy Chai of the Independent Party came in studio to talk about her attempt to unseat Rosa DeLauro, as well as to get to know a little more...


Melissa in the Morning: Four-Day Work Week
Last Tuesday at 1:54 PM

Most of the companies participating in a four-day workweek pilot program in Britain said they had seen no loss of productivity during the experiment, and in some cases had seen a significant improvement. Career strategist, Julie Bauke, shares why this new way of work scheduling could be the 'golden handcuffs' employers are looking for. ((00:10))

New information shows more and more Americans are getting their news from online platforms. But what does the data really mean? Social media consultant, Krista Carnes, explains it's not all bad. ((14:04))

November 14th marks Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. It's a...


Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: When Did We Become Politically Ignorant?
09/26/2022

"Connecticut Today" host Paul Pacelli wondered how and why politics and the debate over policy have descended to the current, lowest-common-denominator level (0:31). Independent gubernatorial candidate Rob Hotaling joined the show to talk about Tuesday night's first debate (10:54).

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Melissa in the Morning: Age Discrimination
09/26/2022

Recent AARP research shows that 62% of workers age 50+ reported having seen or experienced age discrimination personally in the workplace. Bill Rivera, Senior Vice President for Litigation at AARP, shared signs of discrimination and resources for people impacted. ((00:10)) Disinformation can be found in every political advertisement with some element of propaganda. Donald Barclay discussed the relationship between propaganda and persuasion ahead of the general election. ((10:42)) New research from UCLA says cervical cancer cases are on the rise across the US. Dr. Elzabeth Lucal with Nuvance Health shared why screenings and the HPV vaccine are game changers. ((26:44)) IMAGE CREDIT: 
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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: Bravo Governor DeSantis
09/23/2022

Friday's "Connecticut Today" with Paul Pacelli wrapped up the week looking at the aftermath of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' move to send a group of migrants the Martha's Vineyard (0:22). CEMA head Chris Herb talked about the recent controversy over the use of heat pumps in Connecticut (9:22).

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The Norm Pattis Show: An Eye On Two Women In Connecticut Races
09/23/2022

Joe Aguiar filled in for Norm on the "Norm Pattis Show" and he welcomed two ladies running for office. First State Representative Jillian Gilchrest called in to talk about the work she's done and what she hopes to accomplish (0:00). After he, U.S. Senate Candidate Leora Levy joined the program to talk about what she hopes to accomplish and some of what she hopes she can do beat the incumbent Richard Blumenthal (18:09). 

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Jill Zarin And The Kindness Of Strangers - 9/23/22
09/23/2022

On the last show before her break, Lisa Wexler chats with her sister Jill Zarin and let's listeners share stories on the Kindness of Strangers.

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Cooking with Claud: Matzah Balls
09/23/2022

INGREDIENTS:
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup seltzer
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup of matzah meal
Once mixed, refrigerate it. Make the mix into small balls and boil them in a pot of water. Simmer for about a half hour

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Melissa in the Morning: Supporting Veterans
09/23/2022

National statistics show about 40,000 veterans are homeless across the US. Here in Connecticut, we have Homes for the Brave to support local vets. The non-profit is turning 20! We learned its history and how much it's grown over the years. ((00:10)) From one non-profit changing lives to another, we learned about the Chick Rosnick Boxing Club in Stratford. Learn how boxing is helping boys and girls as young as seven! ((08:51)) Governor Ned Lamont took listener questions ahead of the general election. ((21:50)) IMAGE CREDIT: 
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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: Where's the Outsider?
09/22/2022

Host Paul Pacelli opened Thursday's "Connecticut Today" wondering about the lack of an "outsider" finalist for the next Bridgeport Chief of Police (0:23). University of New  Haven associate professor of finance and accounting Dr. Frank Chen talked about the latest federal intertest rate increase (10:17).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Author Zibby Owens; NatGeo's Big Cat Photographer Steve Winter; Paul Seegert - 9/22/22
09/22/2022

Today, Lisa was joined by author Zibby Owens (0:00), NatGeo author and photojournalist Steve Winter (15:50); and PCS Advisers Paul Seegert. (31:38)

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Melissa in the Morning: What is that Variant?
09/22/2022

Apparently, there's a new covid variant on the horizon. Dr. Browne talked about that and entering the fall with an uptick in cases. Also, there are some changes when it comes to infection bubbles. Hear the latest right here.

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Melissa in the Morning: Talking to Tweens
09/22/2022

Dr. Amanda Craig has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for almost 20 years. She recently wrote a book helping adults communicate with their children and navigating conversation with social media in the mix. ((00:10)) Republican candidate for governor, Bob Stefanowski, says he is not concerned with recent polls projecting Governor Lamont to be reelected. He explains why and answered listener questions. ((13:41)) Zoo Minute: The Gala and animal-human connection ((29:21)) IMAGE CREDIT: 
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Connecticut Today: Heading Towards November
09/21/2022

Joe Aguiar lead the way on "Connecticut Today" as the march towards November continues! Terry Cowgill from CTNewsJunkie.Com called in to give his thoughts on what's going on with the Republicans, Democrats and Independents in the lead up to the election (0:00). After that, Congressional Candidate Jayme Stevenson spoke to Joe about her campaign (14:59).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Daniel Miressi; Dr. Harish Moorjani On Flu Season - 9/21/22
09/21/2022

Today, Lisa spoke with Daniel Miressi, Republican Senate Candidate for the 25th District (0:00); then Dr. Harish Moorjani from Northwell Health talks flu season (18:49).

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Connecticut Today: Anxiety During And After The Pandemic
09/20/2022

Joe Aguiar once again took the helm of "Connecticut Today" and opened with something that's been affecting adults for the last few years: anxiety. After reading a report from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Joe spoke on some of anxieties in the time during and after pandemic (0:00). After that, Joe welcomed Jason Garrapy, a business development manager at Endecom Business IT Solutions to talk about cyber security and what we can do to help prevent cyber crimes and hacks (6:38).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Senator Richard Blumenthal And Martha Zoller - 9/20/22
09/20/2022

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal talks to Lisa about several topics including the People's United Bank/M&T merger (0:00); afterwards she's joined by WDUN's Martha Zoller on the migrant situation (12:50).

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Melissa in the Morning: Flu, Finance, And Careers
09/20/2022

Today, Paul Pacelli is in for Melissa and spoke with Dr. Jo-Anne Passalacqua from St. Vincent's Medical Center about the flu (0:00); financial adviser Jacqui Kearns (7:29); career expert Julie Bauke (13:39); and Fairfield First Selectman Brenda Kupchick (20:39).

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Connecticut Today: Play Ball!
09/19/2022

With Paul Pacelli filling in on "Melissa in the Morning," Joe Aguiar signed in on "Connecticut Today." To start off, he gave his thoughts on a couple issues that separate the candidates in Connecticut Gubernatorial race, including Critical Race Theory (0:00). Afterwards, Joe welcomed Dan Murdzek, Chairman of the "Steve Heck Wiffle Ball Charity Tournament" to talk about the upcoming event and the story behind it (12:54).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Bob Duff; M&T Bank; Lisa Sciannella From HELPSY - 9/19/22
09/19/2022

Today, Lisa chats with Connecticut State Senator Bob Duff (0:00); Jeffrey Wright on the continuing issues with the M&T/People's United Bank merger (21:21); and Lisa Sciannella, from HELPSY (33:35).

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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: Good For Gov. DeSantis
09/16/2022

Friday's "Connecticut Today" featured host Paul Pacelli praising Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis for flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard and shaking up the national discussion on migrants (0:24). Author, pundit and economist Scott Powell talked about the current U.S. economic, business and political climates (10:21).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Comedian Judy Gold And Alexis Harrison - 9/16/22
09/16/2022

Today, Lisa talks to comedian Judy Gold ahead of her show at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk on October 6 (0:00); then Alexis Harrison gives a response to the recent New York Times article on affordable housing in Connecticut. (17:01)

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Cooking with Claud: Cranberry Sausage Quiche
09/16/2022

Quiche Filling
Chopped onion (1/4 to 1/3 cup)
Rolled sausage (with sage in it) or add sage
Cranberries 
ONCE COOKED TOGETHER:
Add 3 eggs beaten and 1.5 cups of half and half to the mix
Make your own Crust
1.25 cup flour
½ cup butter
¼ cup ice cold water
1.       Put Monterey jack cheese on top of crust
2.       Then add mixture
3.       Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown

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Melissa in the Morning: Misinformation
09/16/2022

Does the idea of a world in which facts mean nothing cause anxiety? Fear? Maybe even paranoia? A new book, Disinformation: The Nature of Facts and Lies in the Post-Truth Era, helps people navigate how to find credible sources. We spoke with the author, Donald Barclay. ((00:10)) Apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees...oh my! We check in with Agriculture Commissioner, Bryan Hurlburt, to talk about how the drought has impacted crops in Connecticut. ((16:24)) Trans-Siberian Orchestra drummer, Jeff Plate, is back to share what's happening for the 2022 tour including a stop here to Connecticut. ((31:57)) IMAGE CREDIT: 
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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: The Junk Food Campaign Continues
09/15/2022

"Connecticut Today" host Paul Pacelli took issue with the ongoing gubernatorial campaign that he says isn't dealing at all with the real issues that Connecticut voters care about (0:36). Independent Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hotaling joined the show to talk about a breaking court ruling assuring that his name will appear on the November ballot (11:19). Former Time Magazine D.C. correspondent Alain Sanders joined us again to chat about the national political scene (20:16).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Yale Social Worker Sharon Moales; CT State Senator Ryan Fazio; Author Jennifer Ziegler - 9/15/22
09/15/2022

Today on the Lisa Wexler, Lisa speaks with Sharon Moales, a clinical social worker at Yale (0:00); Connecticut State Senator Ryan Fazio joins the program (22:09); and Lisa also chats with author Jennifer Ziegler (40:13)

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Melissa in the Morning: Long Term Plans
09/15/2022

Thanks to improvements in medicine and health, we live longer lives now.  As such, it’s even more important than ever before to develop plans for living arrangements in the future. Mario D’Aquila with Assisted Living Services talked about options for seniors. ((00:10))

A NYT opinion article called out Fairfield’s First Selectwoman over affordable housing. Brenda Kupchick addressed the claims with residents and why the 8-30g law is not so cut and dry. ((09:06))

St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Aquarion Water Company are launching the 12th Annual “House of Hope” Food Drive today. We spoke with th...


Melissa in the Morning: Flu Season Ahead
09/15/2022

Doctors predict this is going to be the worst flu season America sees in several years. We spoke to Dr. Browne about that and what the dominant strain of flu even is to determine a vaccine. We also took questions on covid vaccines and some kind of rabbit disease that's been detected in Hartford this month. 
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Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli: A Big Blumenthal Lead
09/14/2022

Wednesday's "Connecticut Today" with Paul Pacelli featured a breakdown of a new poll on the Connecticut U.S. Senate race (0:20). SCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Jonathan Wharton joined us to discuss recent polls on statewide races (10:12).

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The Lisa Wexler Show - Tech Author Mark Bergen And Actress Maria Friedman - 9/14/22
09/14/2022

Today, author/tech journalist Mark Bergen chats with Lisa Wexler about his new book on YouTube (0:00); then singer/director Maria Friedman talks about her musical theater revue coming to the Palace Theater in Stamford later this month. (9:25)

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